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CLOSED: Is this a Marsh Hawk, maybe an Osprey?

Kissimmee, FL

Caught this guy on a telephone pole in Kissimmee Florida, can anyone identify? The white background is a slightly adjusted photo.
Thanks in advance!

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Definitely not an Osprey...

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

I think you may be right with 'Marsh Hawk', Northern Harrier. A male.

What a beauty!

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

A Buteo, not sure which one, maybe juvenile Red-shouldered. Any pics showing its tail pattern?

Resin

Kissimmee, FL

Thanks Resin,
He wouldn't turn around for me, so I couldn't get any tail feather detail.

Kissimmee, FL

Thanks Tim,
I'm going to keep an eye out for him and see if I can get some better pics. These were on a pretty long telephoto.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

I agree that those tail feathers could certainly pinpoint a lot.

Thought that you must have quite a good lens to get such a good pic. Those poles are way up there! So to speak. :-)

Kissimmee, FL

Caught him again, at least I think it is the same bird. Red Shouldered?

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Yes, I'd say Resin had it nailed. Probably a Juvenile…Definitely NOT the Marsh Hawk which would have a white spot at the base of the tail, and also would be a little more grayish, if a male…What a gorgeous bird!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, juvenile Red-shouldered.

Resin

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